Having charted at 300+ college stations in the US and Canada INDEPENDENTLY on the CMJ Top 200 and playing 200+ live shows in both 2010 and 2011, The Black Shades are up and coming indie radio darlings that have an accessible garage-pop sound and the ambitious live show to match. You want them, they want you and they have no intentions of letting up in 2012.
The Black Shades have made notable festival appearances alongside headlining acts Daniel Johnston & Cage The Elephant (Starry Nights Festival), The Walkmen (Las Vegas' Neon Reverb Festival) and Diplo (Close the Edge Festival), 3 consecutive showcase nights during SXSW in Austin, CMJ, Halifax Pop Explosion, Midpoint Music Festival and Launch Music Festival.
College and independent radio have been very receptive to "Told Ya So", the current release, and the exposure for this band has been magnified with a rigorous radio campaign that has landed them on CMJ’s top 200 for 10+ weeks, for the second time.
Recently, The Black Shades signed 12 television licenses in addition to their radio/live exposure and expect to have music appear on huge-viewership shows like MTV's The Real World, E!'s Keeping up with the Kardashians, and FOX Sports in the fall.
Chuck Falcon - guitars, VOX, theremin
Michael Thomas - Bass, VOX
Jerry Kessinger - Drums
Current Release: Told Ya So
This release has been distributed to 300+ college radio stations across the United States as of March 2012 and is available for digital download, as well.
This release stayed on the CMJ charts for over 10 weeks.
We are the Black Shades (CMJ top 200 album)
"The Hot Rod Root" Single
Starry Nights Sampler CD/EP
"You Are My Spider" single
"Little Luv" single
Our single "The Hot Rod Root" is used in local television commercials and we have been featured on local radio stations across Kentucky and Tennessee. Additionally, as mentioned in the bio, The Black Shades have recently signed 12 television licenses and expect their music to appear in a variety of large-viewership shows on major network like MTV, E, VH1, and Fox.
The Black Shades - Back Burner
Bread and Butter
The Black Shades - -I Got You
The Black Shades - -Told Ya So
The Black Shades - -Lonely Girl
Just A Killer
Keep On Tryin'
I might cry at how absolutely amazing this
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I might cry at how absolutely amazing this is. Told Ya So is punk rock wrapped in catchy lyrics and ...I might cry at how absolutely amazing this is. Told Ya So is punk rock wrapped in catchy lyrics and dance worthy drums and guitars. It’s the kind of stuff that makes me squeal as soon as it’s starts to play. It’s almost as if The Hives and the Ramones had a baby and The Black Shades were the product. I know that’s a pretty bold statement but I am standing behind it. This is an album that will grab you by the throat and keep you in grasp until the last second. When it’s over, you want it wrapped around you again, only this time, you have no intention of letting the music stop. @LeahLovecat
Bowling Green music you need to know about: The Black Shades
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May God have mercy on your soul if you stumble into a Black Shades show unprepared. Story time. S...May God have mercy on your soul if you stumble into a Black Shades show unprepared.
Story time. Say, you find yourself sitting on your couch after finishing work, class, or whatever it is you do with your day. A friend texts you that some band going by The Black Shades is playing downtown tonight, and you think to yourself, "Hey, I like The Black Keys, The Black Crowes, and The Black Belles, I'll give them a shot." One does not simply give The Black Shades a shot.
These guys bring an energy to the stage that can only be likened to a German blitzkrieg. From the four-count drum click, The Black Shades will rock as hard as they possibly can, and they expect no less from their crowd. If you're one to stand in a crowd, hands buried into your pockets, occasionally swaying back and forth if the mood strikes you, you will eventually be forced to let loose because Chuck Falcon will find you.
As the frontman and the one responsible for the 'singings and riffings,' Mr. Falcon takes pride in finding that guy refusing to succumb to the garage pop rock stylings that have already taken over everyone around him. Chuck says that he will focus all of his attention on the guy enjoying it the least to prove that no one, in fact, is immune to the infectious energy The Black Shades bring to each and every show.
Anyone familiar with the difference between a live performance and an album recording will realize the daunting task faced to bringing that same aura produced during a live show to a recording studio. The 'magic' (if you will) is often lost. Fox Coronado, Charlie Hustle, as well as the aforementioned Chuck Falcon seek to recreate a live atmosphere by utilizing a very simple strategy: imagination. Falcon believes that if a band seeks to create a studio album that loses nothing from the live performances, the band needs to record their music as if they're doing a live show.
They jump, point, thrust, wink, and dance while recording in the studio in remarkably the same fashion as they would live. Why? Falcon says that great music isn't simply the 'cleanest' music. With as much experimentation, creativity, and pure energy that has come to epitomize The Black Shades, what results is a style that is a bit rough around the edges (and this is a good thing).
The Black Shades are nothing new, as many of you currently reading this will know. Their initial album, We Are the Black Shades, has been out since December of 2010, and they were putting on shows well before that dropped. As they continue to grow and play larger and larger shows, don't think for a minute that they will forget who they are. The guys make it a point to stay grounded and truly appreciate every single fan that has brought them where they are. The band exists as much (if not more) for their fans as they do for themselves, and the symbiosis is most notable through direct responses from these fans.
As easy as it could be to develop some type of small-town rockstar edge, loyal fans, such as Kyle Sanders and Stacie Hewitt, attest that The Black Shades exist as more than 'just a local band.' They are friends before 'rock stars,' and even while Falcon explains, "I just don't want to seem like a tool," The Black Shades will musically punch you in the face but, after show, have a beer and apologize for the black eye.
Their new EP Told Ya So is up on iTunes as well as We Are the Black Shades. Also, don't be shy to request some fresh, limited edition vinyl while they last. They are about to start up a string of summer shows beginning May 14 at Mercy Lounge (Nashville, TN), but until then feel free to repeatedly enjoy Bad Racket's video portrayal of The Black Shades performing "Bread and Butter" back up at the top.
The Black Shades: Now Hear This
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As Kentucky’s The Black Shades tell it, they formed out of sheer necessity. In their own “wild minds...As Kentucky’s The Black Shades tell it, they formed out of sheer necessity. In their own “wild minds” they like to reveal a little about their origins with this tale: “Jack White and David Bowie got together over a dinner of boiled goose (prepared by Julian Casablancas) and asked that fate bring Aaron Clark, Michael Dean, Michael Thomas, and Jerry Kessinger together in order to create the indie-dance-pop tunes that so many folks are pining for these days. Jack White probably said something like, “Man, there needs to be more bands that aren’t so gimmicky and indie and just plain talented.” And David Bowie probably said something like, “I love to dress up and prance around.” And thus, The Black Shades were formed, and lucky for us, they definitely aren’t afraid of killer sideburns, healthy doses of pop rock swagger and some sexy prancing.
How did all the band members meet?
Musicians in college towns all know each other. Sooner than later, you’ll know everybody that slings a guitar or pounds a drum and whether or not they’re in it to win it. Our singer (Aaron Clark) and bassist (Michael Dean) met first over a bucket of chicken wings and noodling around on some covers and eventually, our drummer (Jerry Kessinger) and guitarist (Michael Thomas) joined the fray. Part of the addition of those two is that girls dig how they look in white pants.
What is the band’s favorite venue/city to play?
Live shows! Maniacs! We’re maniacs for live shows! We’ve played everything from city-sized festivals with headliners like Daniel Johnston and The Walkmen to small-town festivals that celebrate the lovely red fruit that is the strawberry. And it’s still hard to pick a favorite. We frequent the great Nashville venue that is The Mercy Lounge–highly recommended for musicians and show-goers alike.
What’s your funniest band audition story?
When we were first considering Jerry for the band, he came to a couple practices in the basement of our old house. We all met up. Jerry and Michael Dean smoked some cigarettes, Aaron messed around with his pedals, Michael Thomas complained about something surely. And then Jerry came in and played the drums the quietest any of us had ever heard. It was like the most gentle tapping of drums, little baby-bird sounding taps and chings on the cymbals. People upstairs in the same house didn’t even know we were trying out a drummer! Of course, Jerry’s politeness still remains, but he bangs the shit out of the drums now.
What was the strangest/most interesting thing to happen to the band?
Strange: Once upon a time in a sketchy part of Cincinnati, ( just for clarity, we LOVE Cincy and LOVE playing there) we ordered a greasy pizza from a window on the street. As we stood around waiting for the yummy goodness to come to us (and to hopefully sober Michael Dean up…) a man on the street approached with a sketchy looking business card and asked Michael Thomas to call the number on it. Michael Thomas replied, “That’s a scam, dude” and shrugged as per usual. The man on the street quickly became angry and explained, “That’s my cousin!” The situation somehow escalated. One of our fans/friends began pushing the man. Aaron’s girlfriend and all 100 pounds of her began screaming. The man grabbed at our pizza box until his friend intervened and pulled his shirt over his face and slammed him into a brick wall. Michael Dean, still drunk and disorderly, and somehow maintaining the integrity of our pizza box, had the smile of a wonderous child as we walked away.
Interesting: Once upon a time, we all boarded a plane to Vegas for Neon Reverb Music Festival. What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. And it should be that way, always.
If you could meet any musical hero living or dead, who would it be and what would you say to this person?
Collectively, The Black Shades all have a nice man-crush on Sir Paul McCartney. We would say to him, “good job, sir.” That is all. Not really, Aaron would probably blurt out something about LOVING WINGS! and kiss him on the face. Michael Dean would try to grab Paul.
What do you simply hate about being in a band? You know, like the soundman showing up two hours late for a gig, buying guitar strings from “that guy” at the music store who is more interested in his Chinese food than ringing you up, or trying to find your drummer, (sorry drummers), or insert your band mate who always goes missing, two minutes before your set time.
We really don’t hate that much. As popular as it is to be laid back and indie cool and say, “We hate being out of cigarettes,” the most irritating things are bands that play over their set-time and driving home late, late, late at night. I will have to say a redeeming factor for late night drives home are 24-hour establishments like Dunkin Donuts and Jack In The Box. We will stuff our faces like there is no tomorrow at about 4 in the morning. Also, when we’re out on the road, we always stop at the local music shops. Every musician hates a bust of a trip to a music store.
What is the band currently working on, now that you’ve just returned from playing SXSW 2011?
The Black Shades are currently working on our next recording, playing… and still promoting our current EP, We Are The Black Shades. College radio has really responded generously to our poppy EP and it has really made some waves for our band. If you’ve ever had that feeling in your gut like you just might be doing it, like you’re so close to getting what you dream about, that’s how we feel lately. We have a maybe-strangely close relationship with a lot of our fans. We keep in touch. We believe in that…
Made In Shades
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If Aaron Clark has his way, the Corvette won't be the only sleek design associated with Bowling Gree...If Aaron Clark has his way, the Corvette won't be the only sleek design associated with Bowling Green for long; his band, the style-conscious Black Shades, are doing everything that they can to make sure of that.
You won't mistake the Black Shades for any other local band; resplendent in matching black and white and full band sunglasses, the Shades look like they just stepped out of the Nuggets box set, when psychedelic garage rock was king and a band's music was sometimes secondary to their image.
"Music alone isn't enough to carry a successful band these days", says Clark, the 24 year old frontman for the Shades. "People latch onto your image and, good or bad, you leave an impression."
"We were told we looked like vampires by some 'tweener's."
Fortunately, the Black Shades realize that visuals won't carry bad music for long, either, and deliver the goods on both fronts, as evidenced on their debut EP, "Turn Me On, Electricity." Combining danceable grooves with old school rock licks and wailing guitar solos, the Black Shades create their own sound, which lands them smack dab between the White Stripes and Bowie, with a dash of the Cure. Driving rhythms collide with rockabilly licks, and just when you think you've got them pegged, they hit you with a hook that'll be stuck inside your head long after the last note has faded, ie the poppy "Say, Say, Say.
When asked about influences, Aaron acknowledges the aforementioned references to Jack White and Bowie, along with his affinity for rockabilly and artists such as Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and, especially, Eddie Cochran. This brings us to a brief discussion regarding his love for classic guitars, particularly his beloved Gretsch White Falcon.
"The White Falcon is like a blues guitar with a glam appearance, which in a sense embodies where the band is coming from. Plus, it's the best guitar I've ever played."
Aaron and Shades bassist Michael Dean first met at Bread & Bagel in 2008 and became friends after discovering their mutual love for Rickenbacker guitars. After playing together in various cover bands, they began to feel like they had "something special" and, deciding to get more 'serious', started writing their own material and the Black Shades were born. The original line-up included guitarist Jarrod Kowalsky and drummer Mike O'Brien. The Black Shades first formal gig was at Tidball's on December 7th of 2009 and the band has never looked back.
After some personnel changes earlier this year, the current line-up is rounded out by Mike Thomas ("M.T. Hearts") on guitar and keys and drummer Jerry Kessinger.
In March, the band were asked by a friend of Michael Dean's who worked with the Bowling Green Hot Rods if they would be interested in writing a theme song for the local triple-A baseball team. They enthusiastically agreed and the result was "The Hot Rod Hoot", which became an instant hit with both fans of the band and the Hot Rods. They recently threw out first pitch at a home game.
"We're into giving back to the fans and to the community because if you do, they'll give back to you.", Clark says.
The Black Shades are also the hardest working band around, having played over twenty gigs in the last sixteen weeks including shows in Chicago, Louisville and Nashville. Some were great (Mercy Lounge), some forgettable (a biker rally next to a tattoo parlor in Madisonville, KY). In addition to Starry Nights, upcoming dates include the New Reverb Music Festival in Las Vegas (w/ the Walkmen headlining) and an opening slot for Greg Ginn of BlackFlag fame in Louisville.
When asked how they wound up playing a biker gig at a tattoo parlor, Aaron blamed it on his trademark shoulder-length sideburns.
"These sideburns have taken over my whole personality."
The Black Shades: “Told Ya So”
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A strong and rocking blues EP. It probably comes as no surprise that The Black Shades sound remarka...A strong and rocking blues EP.
It probably comes as no surprise that The Black Shades sound remarkably like the early Black Keys. Oh well. Told Ya So works because it follows a tried-and-true method of songwriting: rocking those blues. In only four tracks, the bands plays enough blues to last a long while. It’s worth a spin.
MPMF.11 Day 2: Downtown Takeover
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??At Below Zero, I caught The Black Shades’ set. A four piece from Bowling Green, Ky., the guitar pl...??At Below Zero, I caught The Black Shades’ set. A four piece from Bowling Green, Ky., the guitar player and drummer actually wore black shades, which was fitting. Oddly, The Black Shades kind of reminded me of The Black Keys and The White Stripes. The singer, wearing a black hat, looked nothing like Mick Jagger or Jim Morrison, but he seemed to have them on his brain. He was charismatic, and he wasn’t afraid to leave the stage and jump into the audience, weaving and singing, breaking into frequent smiles, holding steady with a constant mischievous spark in his eye. They put on a good show. The more I watched, the more I was hooked.??I love it when I happen upon an unplanned supergem.
The Black Shades
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The Black Shades are the kind of high-energy band you can’t help but love. From Bowling Green, Ky., ...The Black Shades are the kind of high-energy band you can’t help but love. From Bowling Green, Ky., the Shades formed after member Aaron Clark and former member Michael Dean split with a band you might know called Sleeper Agent.
The Black Shades have played shows all over the country with artists including fellow Bowling Greeners Cage the Elephant, as well as The Walkmen and Diplo (among others).
Most recently, the Shades released the EP Told Ya So, which has been successful in the college radio world, charting for 10 weeks in the CMJ Top 200.
With songs that are catchy and performances that are electrifying, The Black Shades have an image and sound akin to The Hives.
The members' outfits are always coordinated and usually pretty retro. Honestly, there isn’t much not to like about the Black Shades. You can tell these guys are longtime fans of Rock & Roll and committed to keeping the spirit alive.
Vents Interviews: The Black Shades
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How did you get started with all this?? The Black Shades formed when the frontman Aaron Clark, and t...How did you get started with all this?? The Black Shades formed when the frontman Aaron Clark, and the bassist Michael Dean started a cover band together. Somewhere during the learning of other's music, they decided to write some original songs and really liked what was coming out.
What's the message to transmit with your music?? That even lovers can rock and be fighters at the same time.
What's your method at the time of writing a song?? Usually Aaron will develop a guitar lick, and if it's he breaks into dancing when he plays it, then it's a keeper. Afterwards, the band will build onto it and collaborate. Michael Dean puts in a bass line (unless Aaron already wrote one), Michael Thomas rips some solo action, and Jerry Kessinger lays down the drummins.
Who are your music influences??
David Bowie and The White Stripes are the most dominant influences but to name them all is nearly impossible.
What plans do you have for the future?? In the near future, we plan to start on our full length album, and to develop more songs. Looking to play festivals whenever we get a chance, and enjoy the occasional drink.
Which has been the funniest prank you have been or took part while on tour or after a show??
Not really a prank but a game. Our van has a small cubby seat in the back that we have labeled "The Hole". Unfortunately, someone HAS to sit in The Hole so we have a "No Hole Shotgun" game (much like calling "shotgun"). Last person to call it loses, therefore having to sit in the hole. People get delirious back there.
If you were stranded in the middle of nowhere after a show or while on tour. The help is 65 miles away from where you and your band (If any) are, ¿Who would you send to look for help? And if while the rest wait, there's no food and the only way to feed yourself is by eating each other, ¿Who would you eat first?
Would send Aaron Clark because he has massive sideburn chops that get noticed anywhere. Someone would surely pick him up. We would most likely eat Michael Thomas (guitarist and keyboards) because he is the youngest, therefore has the most tender meat.
Which country you would love to play? England or Japan. England because alot of good music comes out of there, and Japan for the culture and cuisine.
With which bands you would love to share stage?? The Dead Weather is pretty much at the top of that list.
Are you OK, with the direction the band is going actually? Yeah, we've only been a band for almost a year but have been in this current lineup since only April, and we've accomplished so much since then and have been pushing ourselves to be better. We all push each other to get better individually and as a whole. We are looking forward to 2011 and hope that it's ready for us.
The Black Shades: They Won't Disappoint You
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The Black Shades will not disappoint you. It is that simple. Comprised of Frontman Aaron Clark...The Black Shades will not disappoint you. It is that simple.
Comprised of Frontman Aaron Clark on vocals and guitar, Michael Dean on bass and tambourine, Michael Thomas on lead guitar and synthesizer, and Jerry Kessinger on drums, The Black Shades are a breath of fresh air to our Bowling Green music community. If you are old enough to remember the momentum of music in the 60s, or if you are young enough to wish you could, The Black Shades have come to save the day. We're talking about accessible, indie pop rock tunes that are sweet, sexy, and still full of soul. It is a package deal.
"A true promise that the four piece instrumental band is alive and not run by machines. Rising stars and nothing is stopping these guys from pushing through the boundaries in music." Rob Vinson, the host of Local Shots on Revolution 91.7, says of The Black Shades. Vinson is a major proponent in the college radio scene and local music scene. And he's not the only one who's catching on to these boys' music.
The Black Shades: They Won't Disappoint You
The Bowling Green Hot Rods contacted The Black Shades to compose the new anthem for the team this season. After a bit of song-writing and strumming, The Black Shades produced "The Hot Rod Root" and played opening day at Hot Rods Stadium, with a warm welcome from the baseball fans. Whoever said sports and music couldn't mix was wrong.
The Black Shades formed in 2009, after founding members Clark and Dean started practicing together as a cover band. Throw in a new drummer Kessinger and guitarist Thomas, drop a couple of the covers, add in their current original songs, and enforce the dress code (seriously!) and you have The Black Shades of today.
Whether performing their set at a venue or simply promoting on the radio, The Black Shades show their dedication to this band and its music by looking the part. They take another cue from the bands of the 60s, and dress similarly, in this case, in all black and white and topped with a pair of aviator sunglasses. If The Black Shades are somewhere, you'll know it. And you'll like it.
While their look and accessibility sparks comparisons to bands like The Beatles, their overall sound and Clark's vocals and stage presence have been compared to Bowie. How to say it? Beatles meets Bowie, with a knowing hand on their shoulder from The White Stipes' Jack White. It's worth a listen. They just plain won't disappoint you.
The Black Shades have released a five-song EP "Turn Me On, Electric" which is available locally at Great Escape Records and Comics, as well as through digital download and via e-mail/mail by contacting the band. You can find them on Facebook, Myspace, and even access their blog to check out all the neat stuff they're doing on Tumblr.
And of course, there are many upcoming dates to see The Black Shades live, locally, in Nashville and in the surrounding region.
The Black Shades : The Kind of Band You Want to Play at Your Next Party
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The Black Shades are the kind of band you’d want to play at your next party; they’re high energy, fu...The Black Shades are the kind of band you’d want to play at your next party; they’re high energy, fun, and incredibly catchy. While the band is very tight knit, lead singer Aaron Clark’s voice carries a unique bravado that takes the Shades to another level. They put on a fantastic show, too. Each member wears matching outfits, which sounds kind of cheesy at first but comes together once you hear their music and see them live. 1950s era big bands clad in blue feathered button-ups comes to mind, but just imagine one of those bands plugged into high-voltage and kicked into high gear and you’ve got The Black Shades. And of course, their outfits are complemented with — you guessed it — black shades.
The Mercy Lounge hosted their live show this past Thursday. With a great turnout, the Black Shades proceeded to rock out every song in their set, never once letting the momentum diminish. The catchy hooks of “Turn On, Electricity” and pounding bass and drums of “Tuff Love” yielded banging heads and dancing feet to more than just a few fans. Looking around, there was not one person who wasn’t enjoying the concert. A cover of Paul McCartney’s “Band On The Run” was even worked into the set with justice. A definite highlight of the performance was their synchronized running in place during the bridge of their penultimate song. They may have been making fools of themselves, but the laughs from the audience were ones of pleasure, not scorn.
What I like about the Black Shades is the relentless ambition in their music. You can tell these guys love what they’re doing, and why wouldn’t they? They get to portray a rockabilly band gone renegade every time they play, an entertaining image that could help them become very successful in the future. The importance of putting on a show is not beyond them.
Black Shades Making Big Noise in the South
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Black Shades Making Big Noise in the South If you asked the question, “What would Bowie, Mott the...Black Shades Making Big Noise in the South
If you asked the question, “What would Bowie, Mott the Hoople et al sound like in the 21st century?” the answer might be that they would sound something like the Black Shades. Currently promoting their EP We Are the Black Shades, this high-energy retro-but-21st-century power pop band from Bowling Green, KY has been touring the country, primarily the south, to standing room only audiences that might be fans of 1970s music and Jack White alike. With frontman Aaron Clark’s vocal histrionics and guitar pushing this rock-solid band, it won’t be long before these guys are noticed worldwide, and will be scooped up by the Nashville hitmaking machine. Check out the Black Shades on Sonicbids or MySpace.
The Black Shades to Louisville: Review!
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The Black Shades are a four piece band from Bowling Green KY, releasing their third EP, We Are The B...The Black Shades are a four piece band from Bowling Green KY, releasing their third EP, We Are The Black Shades, on december 10th. the band keeps close to the classic sound that bands with the word BLACK in their name tend to have.. hard-ish rock wrapped in a hook heavy candy coating. Imagine the The Killers making a 5 song baby with The Deloreans while blending both their wardrobes. Their fuzed out, keyboard and tambourine driven tracks like "gimmie action" and "oh oh ah ah" would be a nice addition to a Pass heavy playlist.
ARTIST EXPOSURE: THE BLACK SHADES
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The Black Shades are an alternative rock band with a heavy dose of real hard-hitting rock n’ roll. A...The Black Shades are an alternative rock band with a heavy dose of real hard-hitting rock n’ roll. Aaron Clark’s vocals are instantly recognizable, but every song is different. Their debut EP Turn Me On Electric proves that the Black Shades are anything but predictable. In “GNF,” you hear hard, slightly garagey guitar, wailing rock vocals, and hand clapping. The lyrics and vocal style, as well as the memorable guitar riffs and the keyboard in the opening song “Turn Me On Electricity,” have made it one of my favorite songs of 2010 so far. “Tuff Love” and “GNF” are pure garage rock excellence. The background vocals in “Say Say Say” give it a cool retro vibe. And in “Don’t Put Salt On My Grave” opens with ballad-y Beatles background vocals, with edgy high pitched alternative rock vocals, surf rock guitar, and hand claps, and then the song explodes unexpectedly with hard bluesy garage rock guitar riffs. This is a band that’s not to be overlooked.
Song of the Day 102FMX Podcast
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Selected Song of the Day via 102FMX podcast. Large scale featured photo, distributed to podcast sub...Selected Song of the Day via 102FMX podcast. Large scale featured photo, distributed to podcast subscribers, and the selected song Gimmie Action is played maximum number of times throughout the day streaming!
Exploding in Sound Presents: In Case of Evacuation
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Bowling Green’s The Black Shades have made a debut EP that serves up many different styles and moods...Bowling Green’s The Black Shades have made a debut EP that serves up many different styles and moods in a very short time. Their rock and roll sentiments are pure, and they are serving up music for good times. Whether the band are strutting through jangly Rolling Stones influenced rock, danceable David Bowie moments, or the garage sounds of The White Stripes, one thing is certain, this band is giving you all they’ve got. If you’re looking for honest rock that is radio friendly, full of charm, catchy lyrics, and tasteful guitar licks, The Black Shades are here and ready to please.
Concert Court: The Black Shades
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"It's upbeat, danceable, and clever...Throw in the mix some classic rock, some funk, some Jack Whi...
"It's upbeat, danceable, and clever...Throw in the mix some classic rock, some funk, some Jack White, and a little old fashioned keyboard and you've got something unique. "Turn me on, Electric" and "Tuff Luv" were standouts in their set."
"I had heard about these guys, so expectations were high. All were dressed somewhat similarly in black and white and it worked. As a matter of fact, the band costume thing is very reminiscent of early sixties rock and roll groups, and there are elements of that music in their material, too."
Mr. Chaka's Song of The Day "Gimme Action" by The Black Shades
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I’m so proud of my town. There’s so much great local music. We’re on day four of the Local Music Wee...I’m so proud of my town. There’s so much great local music. We’re on day four of the Local Music Week at Ouga Chaka and we’re still going strong with songs that sound like they could compete at a national level. The Black Shades are still based in Bowling Green but have the potential to become a band just as successful as anything that has ever come out of the area. It’s easily accessible up-tempo garage rock. There’s really nothing controversial or pushes about this music unless you just flat out senselessly hate The Hives. They where matching clothing, coordinate stage movements, and work to please the audience. They’re definitely the kind of spectacle that has come to be a core part of rock-n-roll music for over fifty years.
The Black Shades first album, We Are the Black Shades, has been rotating for nearly half a year now and is helping to make a name for The Black Shades. They’ve certainly got their act together and the quality of the recordings matches. “Gimme Action” is one of the catchier songs on the record but it really isn’t that much of a standout. There aren’t bad tunes involved. “Gimme Action” is just particularly bouncy and lovable. Check out the song via the band’s MySpace. Also do them a favor and like their Facebook page. They really want people to do that. I think there’s a chance of getting free stuff so why not?
“Told Ya So” by The Black Shades
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With clever lines and a sound that says “come see us live,” the four-track album “Told Ya So” by The...With clever lines and a sound that says “come see us live,” the four-track album “Told Ya So” by The Black Shades will have you planning a night out the next time the band has a show at Tidball’s.
While the tracks are solid, the album seems to serve as nothing more than a teaser for their live shows. Both the songs “Bread N’ Butter” and “I Got You” have a sound reminiscent of The White Stripes while keeping to The Black Shades’ own style. The title track is catchy and enjoyable, and by far the best song on the album. If you’re a fan of the Bowling Green music scene (especially of the “Tidball’s on a Thursday night” variety), then you will enjoy Told Ya So.
Told Ya So
I've Got You
Bread n' Butter
Into The Dark My Love
Pieces and Parts
There are no upcoming dates at this time.